Beyond the Rankings

While guidebooks like U.S. News & World Report can present you with a few statistics about Augustana, they’re incapable of providing a holistic evaluation of the entire student experience — and the resulting outcomes. Here, then, are facts, figures, and statistics from Fall 2014 that will give you a broader perspective about the value and impact of an Augustana education.

Enrollment (Undergraduate)

  • Full-time: 1,516
  • Total Enrollment: 1,613

Geographic Origin

  • South Dakota: 745
  • Minnesota: 418
  • Iowa: 107
  • Nebraska: 69
  • North Dakota: 16
  • Colorado: 30
  • Wisconsin: 16
  • California:  17
  • 22 Other States: 60
  • 135 international students from 38 countries

Religious Affiliation

  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA): 30%
  • Other Lutheran: 7%
  • Catholic: 21%
  • Methodist: 5%
  • Reformed: 3%
  • All Other: 34%

Academic Profile

  • Top quarter of high school class: 67%
  • Average high school GPA: 3.69
  • Average ACT score: 25.7

Class Sizes

  • Average students per class: 20
  • Classes with 2-9 students: 16%
  • Classes with 10-19 students: 38%
  • Classes with 20-29 students: 26%
  • Classes with 30-39 students: 16%
  • Classes with 40-49 students: 2%
  • Classes with 50-99 students: 2%

Most Popular Majors

  • Nursing
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Elementary Education
  • Psychology
  • English 
  • Undeclared
  • Government & International Affairs (Political Science)
  • Chemistry
  • History
  • Spanish
  • Secondary Education
  • Sport Management

Study Abroad

  • Students who participated in international educational experiences: 299
  • Students who travel abroad before graduation: 53%
  • Number of pre-approved study abroad programs: 559

Athletic Participation

  • NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletes: 388
  • Academic All-Americans: 49
  • NCAA Postgraduate Scholars: 30

Musical Performance

  • Music ensembles: 20
  • Students participating: 304

Retention and Graduation Rates

  • Returning sophomores: 84%
  • Degree within four years: 86% for those who begin and complete their degree at Augustana

Graduate Outcomes

  • Employment rate for job-seekers: 99% View study.
  • Graduate/professional school enrollees: 23% immediately following graduation